DPC joins new project on open access publishing

Added on 14 June 2019

The DPC is partnering in a new project funded by Research England which has been set to help universities, researchers, libraries and publishers to make more, and better, use of open access book publishing. It will enable greater access to world-leading research and increase its impact.

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Vacancy for Digital Asset Manager at Historic England

7 July 2019

Swindon, UK

£33,000 - £36,000 p/a + benefits

Fixed Term

Members Lounge: Connecting the Bits Special #2

Members are invited to join us to discuss and validate some key actions for the DPC’s next 12-month program of activities. Activities will be based on themes extracted from Full Member lightning videos and proposed as a result of a subsequent Sub-Committee review.

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Members Lounge: Connecting the Bits Special #1

Members are invited to join us to discuss and validate some key actions for the DPC’s next 12-month program of activities. Activities will be based on themes extracted from Full Member lightning videos and proposed as a result of a subsequent Sub-Committee review.

The themes for discussion will be published in advance.

If you can't make this session, we will be holding another Members Lounge Special at 15:00 BST on 14th June 2019.

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EPISODE 7: Digital Preservation Futures with Artefactual

This series of webinars accompanies the Digital Preservation Futures: Community Forum in Dublin on 2nd July.

Featuring our DPC Supporters in turn, these webinars will showcase product and service offerings before the DPC's Paul Wheatley challenges each to respond on a series of themes which represent (his interpretation of) member concerns. Members may then pose their own questions on how Supporters would manage their concerns in a question and answer session.

DPC Members are encouraged to attend the webinar sessions as Supporter products and services form an important part of how we address the digital preservation challenge. This series aims to present - in the context of member concerns - a portion of the digital preservation marketplace offerings, in order to help members identify what is still missing and community needs.

This is a late addition to the webinar series, and we are delighted to welcome Artefactual to the DPC Supporter Program and to the Webinar Series.


  • Sarah Romkey
  • Justin Simpson
  • Kelly Stewart

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What's next?

The digital preservation community has many parts; those who create data, the curators who are charged with looking after our digital legacy, solution providers who support the preservation process and those who consume the digital information successfully and continuously preserved. These groups cannot operate independently and alone, each relies on the others to do their bit, to enable the sustained and immediate access to digital information we have all come to expect.

An extension of the DPC Member’s ‘Connecting the Bits’ feedback process which will take place over the preceding months, and this accompanying webinar series, the Digital Preservation Futures: Community Forum 2019 is a half-day event which will provide a neutral forum to summarise the key challenges anticipated by members, before inviting speakers from our DPC Supporters to collaborate and develop new ideas.

Find out more about the Digital Preservation Futures: Community Forum 2019

DPC Inclusion & Diversity Policy

The DPC Community is guided by the values set out in our Strategic Plan and aims to be respectful, welcoming, inclusive and transparent. It encourages diversity in all its forms and is committed to being accessible to everyone who wishes to engage with the topic of digital preservation. The DPC asks all those who are part of this community and/or attending a DPC event be positive, accepting, and sensitive to the needs and feelings of others in alignment with our DPC Inclusion & Diversity Policy.

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Undateables – methods for determining date ranges for born-digital documents when file system dates go bad

Paul Young

Paul Young

Last updated on 12 June 2019

Paul Young is Digital Preservation Specialist/Researcher at the National Archives UK

What’s the problem?

Determining reliable dates for digital records can be a source of frustration, especially when confronted with a large volume of digital files with dates that are obviously incorrect, such as why your Microsoft Word Document 1997 version dates from 1st January 1970.

Dates are very important for The National Archives in particular as we look to transfer records from departments under the 20-year rule of the Public Record Act. When these dates are unknown or obviously incorrect, we cannot be sure if a department is in compliance with the Act.

The National Archives uses the ‘date last modified’ generated by the file system, and extracted via DROID, as the standard ‘go to’ date to populate the official ‘date’ entry in our catalogue. After seeing several collections and scenarios where the ‘date last modified’ did not provide an accurate date for the file we have been doing a bit of investigation of other methods for extracting accurate dates for born-digital records.

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Artefactual becomes DPC Supporter and joins Digital Preservation Futures series of events

Added on 3 June 2019

artefactual systems clearThis month the Digital Preservation Coalition is delighted to welcome Artefactual to its international Supporter Program. The company behind Archivematica and AtoM, Artefactual Systems Inc. works together with cultural heritage organisations, providing their expertise and technology in the domains of digital archiving and digital preservation.  With the goal of advancing the capacity of heritage institutions to preserve and provide access to the cultural assets of the world, Canada-based Artefactual develops free and open-source software and promotes open standards as the best means of enabling this goal.

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Vacancy for Collections Systems Manager at IWM Duxford

Duxford, Cambridgshire

£30,000 p/a


Open consultation on FAIR data in the humanities until 15th July 2019

Added on 30 May 2019

In an effort to support Open Science practices in the humanities, the ALLEA E-Humanities Working Group has drafted recommendations for humanities researchers working with data, and launched an open consultation. The working group is seeking contributions from researchers and practitioners working in disciplines within the humanities, as well as policy makers and representatives of public and private organisations working in the field. The purpose of the open consultation is to gather broad feedback from active humanities researchers, in order to best tailor FAIR recommendations to the humanities.

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